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Yelp reports narrower 4Q loss as revenue climbs

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 6, 2013 at 6:26 pm •  Published: February 6, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Online reviews site Yelp Inc. reported a narrower fourth-quarter loss on Wednesday as visitors to its website and apps grew from a year ago, before it had gone public.

The company lost $5.3 million, or 8 cents per share, in the October-December period. That compares with a loss of $9.1 million, or 56 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier. Revenue rose 65 percent to $41.2 million from $24.9 million.

Analysts, on average, were expecting a loss of 4 cents per share on revenue of $40.2 million, according to a poll by FactSet.

San Francisco-based Yelp said it had about 86 million average monthly unique visitors during the quarter, up 31 percent year-over-year. In January, it had 100 million.

Yelp makes money from advertising on its website and mobile apps, which let ordinary people review local restaurants, bars, stores and other businesses.

But the company is also spending a lot to grow, and expenses rose 38 percent to $46.3 million due in large part to higher sales and marketing costs.

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